Monthly Archives: June 2009

Taking the time to plan for your baby’s photo session will make all the difference in the final images. A little preparation will make for a happier baby (and mom) during the photo shoot and you will increase the chances of getting the photographs you are envisioning. Once you’ve done the research and found a photographer who fits your budget and style, there are several things you can do to get ready for the photo session.

Scheduling is Important- The best time to photograph a baby is when he or she is neither tired nor hungry. Try to schedule your session right after a feeding. Most photographers understand that it is difficult, if not impossible, to predict a baby’s schedule and are, therefore, usually more than happy to wait while you turn your baby back into the sweet angel you want documented for posterity.

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San Jose Photographer – Headshot *** For most companies, a corporate headshot is a requirement for the executives as well as the employees. These photos are used on company websites; business cards and promotional materials. This usually means that a lot of people are going to see your photo, and it may not be presenting you in the way that you feel most attractive. * A lot of people don’t enjoy having their photo taken anyway, and when it’s ‘picture day’ at the office, they dread it even more. The most common complaints are that corporate headshots are too generic and unattractive. Well, with these 5 basic tips, your corporate photos can go from ‘ow’ to ‘wow’… * 1: Avoid office lighting. Most corporate headshots are taken in your office location, where the light is a combination of overhead and fluorescent. Both of which are extremely unflattering. If at all possible, arrange to have your photos taken outside, or in a room with plenty of natural light. Even if your photographer brings additional lights, combining those with natural light is always preferable to office lighting. * 2: Schedule your photos in the afternoon. People rarely look their best in the morning, especially not when they’ve just arrived at the office and haven’t even had their coffee break yet! The best time of day to book your photo session, is right after lunch. * Having a corporate headshot session can be stressful for a lot of people. To reduce that stress, plan for the photos to be done when everyone has had a bit of time to relax, to eat and to get ready to have their picture taken. * 3: Allow plenty of time. A common mistake is to schedule for about 5 minutes per person. In most situations, it’s much better to schedule for 10-15 minutes for each individual or group. If employees are feeling rushed and the photographer is feeling hurried, that’s going to show in the photos, particularly in people’s facial expressions. * It takes a while for most people to relax and look natural in front of a camera. It’s definitely worth scheduling enough time for that to happen. Remember, these photos are a representation of your company, so it’s important that everyone looks happy to be there! * 4: Give people some privacy. If someone is already feeling tense about having their picture taken, it’s going to be even more difficult for them if their co- workers are looking on. Arrange to have people go into the session one at a time, or one group at a time. And whether it’s indoor or outdoor, choose a location that’s an enclosed area. * 5: For unique corporate photos, avoid generic backdrops. If the tone of your business is friendly and personable, your photos should reflect that. Instead of one bland background for everyone’s picture, have your photographer take shots of people at their work areas, or outdoors or in front of the company logo. * If […]

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Tips – Taking Family Pictures Just about every family wants a good portrait of themselves over the years. Taking good family portrait presents a wonderful opportunity to capture the intimate relationships between all family members. Most of the time the portrait consists of the immediate family between two and six people. Here are a few Digital Photography Tips to use when you shoot your next family photography session. Tip #1 Make them Comfortable It is difficult to get great expressions on faces when people are straining to maintain a certain pose. It’s important to make every effort to pose the family in a way that will give you the best opportunity to capture their best ‘side.’ Tip # 2 Watch your Composition Part of the challenge of family portraits is to compose your shot in a way that will draw the viewer into and around the photograph in a pleasing way. Pose family members in triangles. The natural flow of the portrait will then allow the viewer to see each family member in an easy and progressive manner. Tip # 3 Using Props Using a big wing-backed chair with mom or dad sitting in the chair and the rest of the family members posed around it always makes a great shot. Using park benches, trees, rocks, fireplaces, stools and even the ground or floor are all good ideas to help you capture that unique shot. Don’t be afraid to use your imagination and creativity! Tip # 4 Dressing Similar This should be discussed before the family shoot is to take place. It will save you a lot of headache if all the family members are dressed in complimenting styles and colors. Strips, polka dots, clashing colors and printed clothing can give you a disconcerting and uneasy feel to a photo. We want to produce a photo that will convey the harmony and love between family members and draw the viewer to the faces; not be distracted by clothing that is outlandish or clashing. Tip # 5 Watch the Lighting If you are shooting in a studio, make sure you have your lights set up to enable every person’s face to be clearly seen. Although shadows can add intensity and interest, make sure it is balanced properly. Taking family photos outside can present a whole new set of challenges. Shooting at the golden hour of the day (one hour before the sun goes down) is an option that will give you wonderful lighting conditions. Once again, it is of prime importance that all family member’s faces can be clearly seen. Taking family portraits can present some very interesting challenges. You, as the photographer, have the opportunity to capture the very character and intimacy of the family unit. It takes work and practice to create a stunning portrait that will become a family memory for years to come. ***  

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High School Senior Photographer Photographing high school senior boys requires a different approach than photographing high school senior girls. Many photographers focus their marketing efforts on the young women because their general interest in photography is usually higher. Nevertheless there is a strong market for male portraits which is often undeserved, providing a less competitive opportunity for a savvy photographer. The following article offers tips for serving this market. *** 1. In a pre-session consultation, discuss with the young man what types of props he would like to bring. Ask him about his interests and activities. Creating an image that will match his style is key to a successful photo shoot. 2. During the shoot, photograph at less of an angle than you would for a young woman. For example, get a few shots of him standing feet apart with his shoulders square to the camera. This will make him look wider and position him in a masculine pose. In addition, turn his head so you can see more of his jawbone. The more you are able to see, the larger it looks. 3. When marketing to the young man, offer a scaled down version of your regular senior portrait packages. The time commitment (i.e. half hour sessions) and the price should be low. Remember, young men are much less likely to spend resources on photography. Your scaled back offer may be music to his ears. Don’t worry too much about not gaining much of an order. High School Senior boys usually bring their mothers to the shoot. Don’t space these shoots back to back. Let the client know his session can be expanded for an additional fee. While the half-hour session gets the young man in the door, his mom will often seek for additional time. 4. Before presenting your images to the senior, narrow them down to the very best shots. Too many images will overwhelm your client. This is true of all clients, not just senior boys. 5. Exchange a free digital image with your contact information on it for becoming a friend on his Facebook page. This is a win-win concept. He will get a free digital image to share with his friends. You will get exposure to all of his Facebook friends. Following these simple steps will make a photographer more successful in marketing and photographing high school senior boys. ***  

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